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OECD Trade Policy Studies Environmental Requirements and Market Access: Limits on Cadmium in Plastics and PVC

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This chapter looks at the effects of the EU Directive limiting the acceptable level of cadmium, a toxic chemical used in the production of plastics. It shows that products exceeding the acceptable limits continue to be imported, sometimes as a result of ignorance in producing and exporting countries, sometimes because of differences in limits set by EU countries, and sometimes because the imported products contain a multiplicity of components obtained from a variety of suppliers, some in compliance, some not.

Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: November 1, 2005


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